July 20, 2011-07-23
Gazette opinion: Don’t punish Montana schools with federal mandate
Between the spring of 2004 and 2011, the percentage of Montana public school students testing “proficient” in reading jumped from 62 percent to 85 percent. In the same seven-year period, math proficiency rose from 57 percent to 68 percent.
The fact that reading skills increased 37 percent and math skills by 19 percent is cause for celebration. More Montana students are doing well on the annual test the state uses to measure achievement as required by federal law.